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Coakley's Gender Gap

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The Daily Beast's Dana Goldstein writes up Candidate Martha Coakley's "stunning" gender gap:

What's even more shocking is how little enthusiasm Coakley's campaign seems to have generated among the women of Massachusetts. According to several recent polls, female voters, who tend to be more liberal, are barely more likely than male voters to favor Coakley over Brown; one poll shows Coakley behind by four points among women, another has the candidates tied for the female vote. One outlier poll, conducted for liberal blog The Daily Kos, reports Coakley enjoys 13 percent more female support than Brown. But strategists would expect the gender gap to be safely large in a typical election, with far more women than men supporting the Democratic candidate. When Ted Kennedy ran for reelection the final time, in 2006, 72 percent of women supported his bid.

Coakley did not go out of her way, especially during the general-election campaign, to play up her feminist credentials. She never filmed a general-election ad that presented a positive image of herself as a defender of reproductive rights and civil liberties, as opposed to just attacking Brown on those issues. She also never fully embraced the message that her ascension to the Senate would be historic, putting the number of women serving in the upper chamber at 18, an all-time high. She has called her gender "secondary," eschewing the more emotional feminist appeal that Hillary Clinton made in the final months of her presidential campaign.

More here.

Via HotAir.

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  1. Et tu, Nick?

  2. *Looks at headline, looks at picture

    Exactly.

  3. 7 stories about the MA special election in one day is enough.

    (And we’re not even up to the polls closing yet!)

    1. Maybe the staff just liked the picture.

      1. Congressman Frank’s staff did.

          1. Hahahahaha Barney Frank is gay….

            1. Yeah, I kinda suspected that would hurt someone’s feelings. But I don’t really see referencing a person’s open homosexuality as the automatic pejorative that Retarded moron seems to believe it to be.

              Plus that huge pun was just swinging there, begging for someone to pounce on it. And it really wouldn’t work using a woman or a straight man.

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      You will respect The Jacket.

      1. Whenever I see the phrase “The Jacket,” I immediately add in “The ‘Stache,” and set it to Beethoven’s Fifth.

        Jacket and Stache

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        And so on. Yes, I need help.

        1. I like it. When I have some leisure time I’ll fill in some more.

          1. Oh, and I should add:

            I hope this pleases The Jacket.

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        You left out:

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  4. I see. This works on two levels. First, it implies that women in Massachusetts may be voting with their glands. Second, it demonstrates the beautiful simplicity of identity politics: “She’s a woman! You must vote for her!”

    1. how little enthusiasm Coakley’s campaign seems to have generated

      It’s her thin bird-lips. They haunt my dreams.

      1. Must. Re-run. Reference…

        “Oh, Kif… kiss me with your lipless beak!”

      2. lmao! i almost spit dr pepper all over my screen

  5. Coakley did not go out of her way, especially during the general-election campaign, to play up her feminist credentials.

    What, exactly, are her feminist credentials (as opposed to the “credentials” every woman gets genetically)?

    1. No evil Y chromosomes?

      1. Not evil. More highly evolved / superior.

        WASHINGTON (AP) — Women may think of men as primitive, but new research indicates that the Y chromosome _ the thing that makes a man male _ is evolving far faster than the rest of the human genetic code.

        A new study comparing the Y chromosomes from humans and chimpanzees, our nearest living relatives, show that they are about 30 percent different. That is far greater than the 2 percent difference between the rest of the human genetic code and that of the chimp’s, according to a study appearing online Wednesday in the journal Nature.

        These changes occurred in the last 6 million years or so, relatively recently when it comes to evolution.

        “The Y chromosome appears to be the most rapidly evolving of the human chromosomes,” said study co-author Dr. David Page, director of the prestigious Whitehead Institute in Cambridge and a professor of biology at MIT. “It’s an almost ongoing churning of gene reconstruction. It’s like a house that’s constantly being rebuilt.”

        More at:

        http://www.baynews9.com/content/36/2010/1/13/569590.html

        1. Trying hard now,
          It’s so hard now.
          Trying hard now.

          Getting strong now.
          Won’t be long now.
          Getting strong now.

          Gonna fly now,
          Flying high now.
          Gonna fly, fly, fly. . . .

        2. I wonder what the genetic difference is compared to bonobos. Our main evolutionary step up from them is the ability (the wisdom?) to play Barry White albums.

          1. Less promiscuity.

        3. Not surprising, really. Genetically successful men can generate dozens to hundreds of offspring, while young males are typically the expendable surplus population. The culling happens in the male population, and the survivors get to procreate like crazy.

          This means that the male is the engine of evolution, and that the male-only chromosome would be evolving mo’ better than the rest, no?

          1. In the past, yes. What about now?

          2. It is also a very small chromosome with very few genes. Most sex linked traits, male and female, are on the X chromosome. So I am not sure if that theory would hold up.

  6. Maybe the women of Massachusetts are more concerned about stopping Obamacare and telling the local Democratic machine to stop taking them for granted and running horrible candidates than they are about abortion rights. I mean it is not like Brown is running to be the deciding vote overturning Roe.

    1. Maybe women aren’t fond of her letting cops off the hook for raping little girls with curling irons.

  7. Feministing on the same article.

    Sadly, there are no comments yet.

    1. bad link. But it has the pretty orange highlighting 🙂

    2. The ad I’m seeing for that article is for a weight-loss product. And has before/after pictures of a fat woman who lost weight.

      Brilliant placement, I say.

      1. I like the insight in the two comments that are there. Sure beats “we must vote for her because she is a Democrat and a feminist we can’t allow a teabagger Rethuglican to win” (run-on intentional).

        1. It’s also rather telling that even dedicated Democrats don’t seem excited about Coakley. The most energized partisans I’ve seen were just anti-Republican more than anything.

    3. Maybe nobody gives a shit what fisting.com thinks!

  8. What I love about all of this is that if Brown wins, it’s as if Mary Jo just power-kicked Teddy in his cold, dead balls.

    The Kennedy reign has ended!

    1. I hope that immediately after Choakley concedes, Brown accompanied by full press entourage, drives to the cemetery and takes a six beer piss on the fat mans grave!

  9. What’s even more shocking is how little enthusiasm Coakley’s campaign seems to have generated among the women of Massachusetts.

    Why is this shocking? That woman is a scumbag.

    1. She doesn’t seem to have generated much enthusiasm among anyone except for the people who want to vote against her. There are numerous anecdotal reports of long-time Dems being turned off by her campaign and vowing to vote for Brown. She certainly seems rather charmless and prone to gaffes that annoy potential supporters.

      1. Her whole campaign seems to be “well I am a Democrat and it is Ted Kennedy’s seat, of course you proles will vote for me”. Massachusetts has elected Republican governors. The voters are not totally mindless. It is amazing the contempt the Democrats showed for them.

        1. I look at this as more of a Rabbit / Hare story. When she won the primary, she errantly concluded that the race was over and the general election was merely a formality. It’s why she didn’t campaign. She must have been euphoric at the prospect of being the US Senator from MA. Then, when she realized the tortoise was ahead, she went all panic-stupid.

          1. Rabbit / Tortoise

            Damn!

          2. and the general election was merely a formality.

            What did she think, that she lived in Baltimore?

  10. women in Massachusetts may be voting with their glands.

    but

    When Ted Kennedy ran for reelection the final time, in 2006, 72 percent of women supported his bid.

    There’s no “Rape and murder me, Baron Harkonnen!” gland, is there?

    (I kid, of course. I know there is.)

    1. Hey, a vote for the Baron is a vote for insidious plans within plans within plans.

      1. We all know about your scheme to short the whale fur market after the election.

        1. I, too, have plans within plans within plans.

          1. It is pretty clear that Brown is product of your breeding program.

            1. Not my breeding program, dude.

              1. Don’t try that on us, buddy. We all know about all the guys you’ve seduced with your Bene Gesserit wiles.

                1. Stop projecting your evil ways on me, Harkonnen scum.

  11. Uh, can we get a NMS* warning on this post?

    *Not mind-safe.

  12. Are these voting “glands” the same ones that are the sole and utterly uncontrollable reason that they are so overweight?

    1. The gluttonous mouth is not a gland. Nor is the bottomless stomach.

    2. You are so dead. I’m not even going to comment near you for a while.

      1. WTF??

        1. SF, not you. He’s got a feminist hit or two on him now.

          Unless threaded comments confuse the hitme–make that hitwomen, and they kill you instead.

          1. Hitpersons, you transphobic jerk.

            1. Hitbeings you speciesist scum.

      2. I will now tell you my favorite story from library school:

        In a 5:30-7pm class, I watched the large woman sitting in front of me consume a 1-liter Mountain Dew, two frosted strawberry Pop Tarts, and an entire tall can of Pringles before the class break at 6:15. During the break, not only did I overhear her loudly complaining about having to go home and make dinner for herself and her husband, she lamented about how much trouble she was having “losing all this baby weight.”

        1. 1-liter Mountain Dew, two frosted strawberry Pop Tarts, and an entire tall can of Pringles

          Stupid! That frosting is nothing but empty calories.

          1. It’s certainly not empty of deliciousness.

            1. Ha ha, you almost fooled me, SugarFree. No one can drink a whole liter of Mountain Dew.

              1. I swear, upon the out-sized gonads of Episiarch, that what I tell you this day is the truth.

                Also: Mountain Dew mouth

                It’s a stereotype rooted in a terrible fact. Central Appalachia is No. 1 in the nation in toothlessness. According to dentists, one of the main culprits is Mountain Dew soda. With 50 percent more caffeine than Coke or Pepsi, Mountain Dew seems to be used as a kind of anti-depressant for children in the hills.

                Kids drink the soda in school, at football games and before going to bed at night. And drinking the sugary soda loaded with caffeine often starts early. Dentists speak about families who put soda in baby bottles.

                1. “It’s a generational thing, I think,” said Smith. “Grandma had dentures, mom had dentures, it’s just inevitable that I’m going to end up with dentures, is the way some of these kids feel. I really believe we have to do a better job educating.” Smith says he’s seen firsthand the results of neglect among these children. Teenagers have pulled their own teeth with pliers because of tooth pain, and he’s treated 2-year-olds with up to 12 cavities in their baby teeth.

                  Stay classy, undereducated American poor!

      3. ON-NOTICE BOARD

        1. Libertymike
        2. SugarFree
        3. Hitler

        1. Despite my place at #2, at least I’m beating out Hitler, my long time rival.

          1. To quote Stalin.

  13. I’m shocked, shocked that Reason is objectifying the human body with that photograph.

    By the way, have you seen my blog Reflections on Playboy?

    1. A grateful nation thanks you.

    2. Speaking of which, I haven’t seen any LobsterGirl photos since the webathon ended, despite the fact that Matt said we would continue to see her if they got their money, which they did. Are you welching on your promise, Welch?

        1. That’s just cruel

      1. Matt told me at the bottom of some thread that they were trying to find the model. The photographer, Zuan, is known. I think she could become–with the lobster, of course–the official face of free markets and free minds. And free shellfish.

        1. No thanks. Naked Scott Brown should.

  14. Brown now ahead 85-17 on InTrade. Just incredible.

    1. It must be all those Wall Street fatcats trying to dissuade Democrats from bothering to vote.

  15. Do most women who vote via identity politics want this health care bill? I thought the whole “abortion amendment” would kick them off the bandwagon. Did something new develop there that band-aided that whole thing? Also, to all the men who wanted to vote for Sarah Palin after just seeing her, I understand you now.

    1. I wish I could be his Farrah Fawcett, cancerous butt-sex and all.

  16. the more emotional feminist appeal that Hillary Clinton made in the final months of her presidential campaign.

    You mean that incident where she was snivelling because she wasn’t going to get the nomination?

    -jcr

    1. And of course that feminist appeal got her nothing but ass kicking after ass kicking. It wasn’t until she started hanging out at bars and doing shots with the local tradesman that she started winning primaries.

      1. She won in NH because of that little “Iron My Shit” episode.

        1. I hope you’re missing an “r”, there, Tulpa.

        2. I think he’s making a curling iron joke.

          1. My shit is naturally curly.

        3. I like that as an insult. Hey buddy why don’t you just iron my shit.

          1. You can’t polish a turd, John. It follows then that you can’t iron a shit.

            1. Mythbusters proved you can polish turds…

              1. Well, I don’t watch that show, but that proves to me beyond any doubt that they are out of material.

                1. Are you kidding me? Just last week they showed that it’s possible to launch a dead body over a castle wall by bending back a Douglas fir.

                  1. Sounds like TV by mad libs to me.

              2. Only lion and giraffe turds, iirc.

      2. She started winning because of what came after the “doing shots” with local tradesmen!

    1. I love it when I’ve never heard of supposedly famous people. It smells like victory.

      1. Warty, your nights of dreaming about space docking with Janet Napolitano are over!

    2. Seriously, who are those people?

      1. A comic book writer primarily popular with “Twee ‘Bisexual’ Goth Girls with Borderline Personality Disorder” and the lead singer of a really shitty band that is popular with internet feminists.

        1. “Bisexual’ Goth Girls with Borderline Personality Disorders”

          That is a hell of a demographic there. And a good name for a punk band.

          1. Ah… the full quote is:

            “Twee ‘Bisexual’ Goth Girls with borderline personality disorder who are drama majors and who are destined to become cat ladies.”

            Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/repor…..z0d5y0NTHV

            1. Ooof. I shall have to show that to my Neil Gaiman fan student.

        2. “Brechtian punk cabaret”

          Google “Dresden Dolls” and weep.

        3. Fuck you, SugarFree. Sandman is great.

          1. Was it the drama major or the cat lady part that cut so deep?

            Gaiman has defined his audience well and produces material that they will enjoy. I don’t fault him for that, even while I point out that he has made sure I fall well outside that audience.

            1. I’m a programming major and dog woman. But thanks for making me feel icky everytime I read Gaiman now.

          2. Hey, I really like at least some of Neil Gaiman’s stuff. Neverwhere was excellent (no, I didn’t see the TV series), as was Stardust (no, I refuse to see the movie). Ananasi Boys and American Gods – good but not great.

            Looking at his site, I see a bunch of stuff I didn’t know about, much of it apparently “juveniles”.

            He did Mirrormask? Weird-ass movie, made me wish I had some peyote.

            Anyhoo. . . .

            1. I found “Sandman” and “Neverwhere” to be most good. Most good, indeed.

    3. who are they? and getting engaged doesn’t they aren’t gay…

    4. Dude, I come here in part to hide from the shittiness of stuff like the Dresden Dolls. Please don’t remind me of it!

      1. But it’s cabaret! The most vital musical form of the 20th century!

        And everyone loves Bertolt Brecht! I mean, just look at that picture… exactly what I always figured Franny’s lover Ernst looked like.

        1. Katzenjammer Kabarett, SF. Sounds like it’s right up your alley!

          Says the guy with Dresden Dolls on the iPod. In my defense, I spent twenty years chasing goth chicks and finally married one. It rubs off after a while.

          1. Loving this comment:

            “Das war definitiv das Highlight des Festivals!!!”

    5. Does Gaiman=gayman? And is his name a command, “Kneel, gay man!”

      1. Yes that is how it’s pronounced.

        1. “Neil” is pronounced “Throatwobbler Mangrove.”

    6. SugarFree, You are not only in charge of watching people eat but deciding who is gay. What is your official title besides jackass?

      1. That’s Mr. Jackass to you, whiner.

        1. That’s Ms. Whiner to you, Mr. Jackass .

  17. My message to Massachusetts Marijuana smokers:

    We all know Coakley sucks. She crusaded against the Massachusetts decrim initiative in 2008, and after it passed with 65% of the vote urged municipal governments to circumvent it with local ordinances. She then refused to pursue charges against the District Attorneys who illegally used government resources to campaign against the initiative.

    So why do I want you to vote for her?

    Simple. Brown in the Senate will be just as bad on the issue, but by sending Coakley to Washinhgton we get her nasty ass out of the Attorney General’s office, while Brown remaining in the State Senate will have little impact.

    1. but by sending Coakley to Washinhgton we get her nasty ass out of the Attorney General’s office, while Brown remaining in the State Senate will have little impact.

      Heh. I have the feeling that MA Democrats will be lining up to get her out of the Attorney General’s office. The election is this year.

    2. HEY BUDDY, WHY DON’T YOU JUST IRON MY SHIT!

      1. This is right up threr with Tow, the Lion.

    3. She crusaded against the Massachusetts decrim initiative in 2008, and after it passed with 65% of the vote urged municipal governments to circumvent it with local ordinances.

      This begs the question: WTF hasn’t she been drummed out of the Democratic party? Are MassDems all huffing paint instead of smoking pot like democrats everywhere else?

      -jcr

  18. One outlier poll, conducted for liberal blog The Daily Kos, reports Coakley enjoys 13 percent more female support than Brown.

    The ignorant little children at DKos are determined in their belief that passing some sort of health care bill overwhelms any other considerations. That’s why they have threads talking about what an evil bitch Coakley is, and hundreds of people swarm into them saying how HCR is all that matters.

  19. We are very pleased that our demand for equal treatment was met (the Lobster Girl Equality Act of 2010). We further request that you remove the staples,flatten photo, so we may examine the centerfold in detail. He may be hiding something.

  20. your cynicism in on full display and working overtime. You will sell whatever to drive an audience to your column. I don’t give a hot damn if Martha Coakley ain’t my Aunt Mary…I don’t need a hug, but I sure as hell want to know she is smart as a whip and is a vote for my issues. Scott Brown is anti-choice and is surely Sarah Palin writ male
    http://destinationsoftwareinc.com

  21. We further request that you remove the staples,flatten photo, so we may examine the centerfold in detail. He may be hiding something.
    http://destinationsoftwareinc.com

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